“Operation Touch of Home” Collects Soccer Balls and Pre-Paid Phone Cards to Send to our Troops Serving Around the World

August 29, 2010 — State Senator Larry Farnese ‘tossed the coin’ prior to the Philadelphia Independence vs. Boston Breakers women’s professional soccer game at John A. Farrell Stadium in West Chester. The coin toss is part of “Operation Touch of Home,” Senator Farnese’s initiative to send soccer balls and pre-paid phone cards to our troops serving around the world. Our soldiers offer the balls to children in foreign countries as a gesture of friendship and goodwill. The phone cards allow soldiers to keep in touch with their loved ones here at home.

Senator Farnese launched “Operation Touch of Home,” in partnership with the USO of Pennsylvania and Southern New Jersey, Philadelphia Union, Philadelphia Independence, the Blue Star Mothers and AT&T to let our troops know that we are thinking of them, support them and appreciate all the sacrifices they and their families make for our country.
The response has been good, and more balls and phone cards are needed.

“It is so important to make sure that our troops know that we are thinking of them and to let them know how much we appreciate their service to our country,” said Senator Farnese. “We are asking people to show their support for our soldiers by donating a pre-paid phone card in any amount, a deflated soccer ball or both. We will collect soccer balls and phone cards as long as our soldiers are serving.”

“The Philadelphia Independence, like all in our Philadelphia communities, are indebted to the servicemen and women who bravely serve our country and put themselves in harm’s way to protect our freedom. Working with the USO and Senator Larry Farnese in “Operation Touch of Home’ is a perfect opportunity for our organization to give back to our troops through the sport we love. We are honored to be a part of this initiative and pleased to have the chance to show our appreciation for the troops,” said Independence owner and military veteran David Halstead.

Philadelphia Union donated 100 soccer balls, and AT&T donated 50 pre-paid phone cards, each worth $20.00. Philadelphia Independence invited Senator Farnese to do the coin toss at today’s game, their last home game of the season, to sustain the momentum of the initiative.

Senator Farnese serves as Democratic Chair of the Veterans Affairs Committee.

People may drop off soccer balls and phone cards to Senator Farnese’s offices in Philadelphia at 1802 South Broad St., Philadelphia, PA 19145 and in Harrisburg at 543 Main Capitol, Harrisburg, PA 17120-3001. Please call 215-952-3121 for more information.

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